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Monday, January 27, 2014

Classics on Audio - Part 4

Recently, I was in a airplane flipping through Skymall, a catalog of items compiled from multiple companies.  One entry caught my eye, a preloaded MP3 player with an entire library of classics. The description indicated that the purchaser would get 100 of the greatest literary works of all time - all for $169!  One of my colleages at the circulation desk opined the books were probably all in the public domain, and this could be true. Unfortunately, a list was not provided, so its impossible to know what books a purchaser would get.

The idea is a great one, however. Of course, a list featuring the best 100 of anything is subjective.  To compile an equivalent list, I searched for books on the Modern Library's List of 100 Best NovelsGoodreads Best of Classics and The Harvard Classics.  Sadly, quite a few things are not available in audio, but there is still a lot to fill your brain with great stuff.  Our fourth set of audiobooks, presented in random order:

Emma by Jane Austen
Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot
A Room With a View by E.M. Forster
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthrone
Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
Ironweed by William Kennedy
The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli
Animal Farm by George Orwell
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
All the King's Men by Robert Penn Warren
Native Son by Richard Wright

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